Lepidozamia peroffskyana – Cycad Palm


Lepidozamia peroffskyana is a palm like cycad with large, spiky leaves which arise from a centre crown.  It is from eastern Australia, and is popular in landscaping, as it is an easy care plant with few pests and diseases. It is slow growing and drought and cold  tolerant. It prefers a dappled shade position. It is good as a garden specimen, as well as for containers.

The seeds contain toxic compounds which have caused fatalities to both people and livestock.

Read more about Native Palms, Cycads and Ferns


Scientific Name:Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Common Name:Cycad Palm
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:3 ~ 5 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Erosion control






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




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